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Thank you to everyone who participated in the member drive! Spiritual Directors International is celebrating twenty-five years and looks forward to twenty-five more with the help of members like you.

The June Member Drive is over, but you can always invite people to become a member or subscribe to our free seeker publication, Listen. SDI makes it easy to share Listen with your community by simply copying and pasting this graphic on your website or in an e-mail. Thank you again for collaborating with SDI to raise awareness of spiritual direction around the world.

Share your Wisdom

You have wisdom to share with the whole world about the value of spiritual direction. Throughout Spiritual Directors International’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, we encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question. We are listening. Before 31 July, we want to know:

What specific paths or spiritual practices are you currently drawn to (or curious about) that support your personal contemplative journey? Share a brief story now.

Presence journal

Spiritual Directors International is always looking for quality poetry to print in its various publications. If you are a poet—or have friends who are poets—please send submissions to




Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for yourself and others.

  1. SDI Learns from … Mary Ann Clifford Rodriguez, RSM, and Barbara Winston, DMin as they discuss spiritual direction in Hispanic communities. If the questions below intrigue you, watch their video now!
    1. Do you yearn to explore the richness of different cultures?
    2. Is a new model of spiritual direction, accompaniment, and the ministry and service of listening emerging for the Hispanic community?
    3. What does accompaniment mean to you?

  2. The rich history of spiritual direction can be difficult to articulate to spiritual seekers. Throughout human history, individuals have been inspired to accompany others seeking the Mystery that many name God. Spiritual direction has emerged in many contexts using language specific to particular cultural and spiritual traditions.

    During the 2015 Emerging Wisdom conference, the story of spiritual direction was expressed in music, word, and embodiment. See the video and share it with seekers who want to learn about the ancient roots of spiritual companioning

  3. Mary Lou Logsdon, long-time SDI member and chair of the SDI Leadership Institute, answered the question: What drew you to spiritual direction?

    Our series of short, seeker-friendly videos makes it easy to share with everyone the value of spiritual direction. SDI posts a new video resource on the twenty-fifth day of each month. If you want to be the first to see the video, follow the SDI YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, and follow SDI on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

July Webinar: Would your spiritual direction ministry and service benefit from solid research about millennials and spirituality? Are you companioning young people, or would you like to reach out to them to offer spiritual companionship? Would you like to explore the creative tension millennials live in?

Using findings from a research project of college students conducted by presenters Rhesa Higgins and Julene Tegerstrand, this webinar will explore the spiritual strengths of the millennial generation and the implications for spiritual direction.


Big news! The keynote speakers and conference spiritual directors for the 2016 Emerging Wisdom conference in San Diego, California, USA, are official!

Our plenary sessions will be led by Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, Ms. Mary Jo Leddy, and Rabbi Art Green. Read more about these dynamic presenters who will help participants engage in the wisdom of borders.

To help participants process, reflect, and listen for the communal wisdom emerging, Mary Ann Clifford Rodriguez, RSM, and Elsy Arévalo will serve as the conference spiritual directors. Mary Ann is featured in this month’s SDI Learns from … video—check it out and start learning from her today.

It’s never too early to book your room at the beautiful Town and Country Resort Hotel. San Diego is a popular destination, and our room block will fill quickly.


An international and multi-faith community of pilgrims will share the sacred space of Iona, Scotland for one week in June 2016—will you be there?

Iona will surprise you. Iona will take you out of what is familiar and awaken new insights and wisdom in your heart. Come cultivate peace inwardly through creativity, poetry, and eco-spirituality in a place that has been cultivating peace for centuries. Registration is open now and space is limited. Take the first step and begin your pilgrimage today. 


Opportunity for Involvement

SDI will participate in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions this October in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—will you? If you are planning to participate, and would like to hear if SDI hosts a gathering during the event, e-mail your name to to be kept up-to-date.


SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 19 July and enter to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 20 July and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

The role of spirituality and importance of spiritual leadership in environmental issues have been highlighted through a rabbinic letter and Pope Francis’s Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home encyclical during the past month. SDI is passionate about environmental stewardship. Name one step SDI has taken to maintain and protect the earth’s natural resources. HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our June winner Sr. Linda Burkitt, OSF, who received a silver SDI twenty-fifth anniversary tote bag. Congratulations, Michelle!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

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